Miami-Dade set to open gyms, summer camps and short-term rentals
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It's an important move for the county, which has lagged behind the rest of the state.

Miami-Dade County will continue its phased reopening Monday, with dance studios, gyms, short-term vacation rentals and summer camps all back in business.

Limitations on those venues still remain. For instance, short-term rentals will be capped at 10 people maximum. In public venues, social distancing limitations will still be in place.

Miami-Dade remains behind the rest of the state in terms of reopening. Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday that Florida would move into Phase Two of the state’s reopening plan on Friday, June 5, with bars, casinos and movie theaters rebooting with limited capacity.

Phase Two is delayed in Miami-Dade because the county has led the state in confirmed coronavirus cases. So far, the Governor has taken a delayed approach in allowing the area to move along with the state’s reopening plan.

The opening of dance studios, gyms and summer camps is still a significant move for the region. Though Floridians have been permitted to exercise outside for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak, many have clamored for their local gym to reopen.

Summer camp closures have complicated the ability to return to some semblance of normalcy. With children unable to attend camps, many parents must continue caring for their children, thus inhibiting their ability to return to the workforce.

It’s the return of short-term rentals that may be the biggest boon for Miami-Dade County, however.

The region is heavily reliant on tourism and vacationing. County officials shut down hotels in March, grinding that industry to a halt.

It’s unlikely things will approach normal any time soon, with many throughout the country still remaining cautious of travel amid the threat of the virus. Still, allowing rentals to reopen will be a welcome first step to many businesses in the region.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Giménez said beaches would remain closed. The county had planned to reopen beaches on Monday, June 1. However, after a curfew was implemented in response to some unruly protests, Giménez said beaches would not reopen until the curfew was lifted.

Ryan Nicol

Ryan Nicol covers news out of South Florida for Florida Politics. Ryan is a native Floridian who attended undergrad at Nova Southeastern University before moving on to law school at Florida State. After graduating with a law degree he moved into the news industry, working in TV News as a writer and producer, along with some freelance writing work. If you'd like to contact him, send an email to [email protected]

One comment

  • Sonja Fitch

    June 11, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    “Delayed approach “ ain’t working Desantis. Shut it down! What are you waiting on the 100000! Deaths at 5000. Ignoring is not going to stop this disaster Desantis !

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